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Exploring Fall at Tettegouche State Park

If you’re driving up Highway 61, just northeast of Silver Bay you’ll see an ex­pansive visitors’ center welcoming guests to Tettegouche State Park. Tettegouche is a fantastic place to experience fall on the North Shore, with its overlooks at Shovel Point, rocky cliffs and inland bluffs acting as a natural stage for trees in their fall radiance, and miles of trails.

The land Tettegouche State Park is on has traded hands since 1898, when the Al­ger-Smith Lumber Company began cutting the forests of Northeastern Minnesota. A logging camp was set up on a lake the log­gers called Nipisiquit, an Algonquin name from New Brunswick, Canada, from where the loggers hailed. They took the Algonquin names for New Brunswick landmarks and bestowed them upon lakes in Tettegouche.

In 1910, the Alger-Smith Lumber Com­pany sold the camp and the surrounding land to the Tettegouche Club, a group of Duluth businessmen who used the area as a fishing camp and retreat. One of the club members, Clement Quinn, bought the land from the others in 1921 and acted as protec­tor of the land until 1971, when Quinn sold Tettegouche to the deLaittres family. Several years later, the deLaittres family began ne­gotiations for preservation of Tettegouche as a state park. The Nature Conservancy and other concerned individuals and groups played a vital role in this process. On June 29, 1979, Tettegouche became a state park. Today, you can experience the 9,346 acres of Tettegouche State Park in all its rugged glory.

On October 20th, the Falcons, Live! pro­gram will return to Tettegouche, giving at­tendees the opportunity to see a peregrine falcon up close. 60 years ago, there were nearly no peregrine falcons, but today there are almost 350 nesting pairs in the Upper Midwest. The program will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Artist Rachel Coyne will be having a re­ception at Tettegouche on November 3rd from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Refreshments will be provided.

To stay updated on upcoming events at Tettegouche and other Minnesota state parks, check the Minnesota State Parks and Trails Event Calendar regularly: https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/events.html?location=spk00269.  

For an update on the best viewing for fall colors at Tettegouche visit Fall Color Finder Park Details | Minnesota DNR (state.mn.us) According to the web­site, the “maple trees are mostly leafless”, “but the birch and aspen are taking up the slack.” With MEA weekend upon us, you’ll want to be sure to take advantage of the ex­tra time to enjoy fall!

Haley Searls
Haley Searls
Hello! My name is Haley Searls. I’ve loved writing from an early age, though my nonfiction writing at five years old consisted mainly of weather and gardening reports. I still have some of those early articles: “It’s sunny.” “It’s still sunny.” “It’s raining.” I’m glad to say my writing has improved since then. I wrote a guest post for the Silver Bay Public Library blog, and was the writer/editor of the newsletter for my American Heritage Girls troop. I have been writing for the North Shore Journal since June 2022. Besides writing, I love reading, drawing, photography, music, and spending time with family and friends. Two books that have really influenced my writing are Reforming Journalism by Marvin Olasky and Writer to Writer by Bodie and Brock Thoene. As a journalist, I want to share positive community interactions and inspire people to make lasting connections. Article topics that interest me are ones which show community activities and involvement. Such articles include community events, youth accomplishments, library programming, small businesses, local history, local artists and authors, art programs, and cultural events such as theater and dance. If you have an article idea, email the North Shore Journal with my name in the subject line! I look forward to hearing from you!
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